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John Mulaney to Bring 'Kid Gorgeous' to NOLA

John Mulaney will say Oh, Hello to New Orleans this fall with a new stand-up show at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, it was officially announced via the comedian’s social media on Thursday (6.15). 

Film Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

The Pirates of the Caribbean series is one of the highest grossing movie franchises ever to come to the big screen. With four movies grossing over $3.7 billion from 2003 to 2011, it was only a matter of time until the fifth installment of the swashbuckling action movie got the green light. Dead Men Tell No Tales may share the name of the franchise, but differs in the puerile tone of the previous three installments, instead drawing inspiration from the original flick. It is still what you would expect a Pirates of the Caribbean film to be: funny and enjoyable at times, but suffers from pacing and narrative issues that leaves the audience wanting more.

Particle Devotion

The Louisiana-Bred Band Talks Southern Sounds

It’s unfortunately easy for the Baton Rouge music scene to be overshadowed by the rich musical history of New Orleans. Though the Crescent City is the birthplace for many of the country's most legendary performers, the Boot's capitol is seriously gaining ground for its artistic outputs. One local band is making it their mission the bridge the gap between these two cities, while thinking ahead for eventual word domination. 

The Art of Activism

Picolla Tushy's 'Resist This' Series Blends Politics with Performance

Resist This, an ongoing activism-infused affair presented by Picolla Tushy with her troupe The Bluestockings, held its June edition on Saturday (6.10) night at Sidney's Saloon. The intimate night weaved burlesque, comedy, music, poetry, and vaudevillian varieties to raise funds and awareness for the LGBT Community Center, during New Orleans' Pride weekend. 

Film Review: My Cousin Rachel

In My Cousin Rachel, Rachel Weisz plays a quietly hypnotic young widow who may have murderous designs on her cousin’s inheritance. The story, based on a 1951 novel of the same name by romance-mystery author Daphne Du Maurier, is a gothic meditation on personal impressions that leads both characters and viewers alike to feel uncertain of any absolute truth. 

U2 Announce New Orleans Concert

When U2 first announced their Joshua Tree tour that would take them around North and South America through the end of 2017, the Crescent City sadly did not make the cut. On Monday (6.12), Bono & Co. remedied this oversight with the announcement that they will drop by the Superdome this fall. 

Feeling the V.I.B

NOLA Musician Talks Artistic Motivation and the Need for Inspiration

New Orleans has been a welcoming mother to musical talents for many decades. Perhaps it is something in the sweet air or the rains that come down that encourage seeds of poetry to sprout. Recently, I came across a local artist who caught my attention as he was telling a friend about the future he sees ahead for himself. Curious, I asked him to tell me about himself. “It's Vizhin coming straight outta New Orleans, LA — but all my friends just call me Viz.” 

Dear World Honors Victims of Orlando Pulse Shooting on First Anniversary

New Orleans-based global portrait project Dear World has documented everyone from Hollywood elites (Edward Norton and Susan Sarandon, to name a few), to Nobel Prize winners and Super Bowl MVPs, to Syrian refugee camps in the seven years it has been around. Now, the team behind the photo journalism project have turned their lens to those affected by last summer’s Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting for their newest project.  

Alvvays Announce New Album and NOLA Show

Indie pop outfit Alvvays (a stylistic take on ‘Always’) dropped the first single off of their forthcoming sophomore album Antisocialites, be released September 8th on Polyvinyl Records. Check out the first single below to get to know their sound before the Toronto-based band quartet swings by New Orleans this fall on their worldwide tour. 

Black Laurel

NOLA Trio Sounds off on Timeless Alt-Rock Sound

Black Laurel is a New Orleans-based indie garage rock band comprised of Gregg Yde (lead vocals/guitar), Rade Pejic (bass), and Nate Ruger (drums). The members, who hail from the metropolitan, northern reaches of the country such as Chicago and Philadelphia, have fine-tuned their trio over the years into a sophisticated sound that the lead vocalist refers to as “2-car garage rock.”

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